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We’re very pleased to be working with composer Keith Burstein on a PR campaign ahead of the world premiere of his new work The Prometheus Revolution, performed as part of the Grimeborn Opera Festival 2018 (Arcola Theatre).

Keith Burstein was born in Brighton to a musical family; both his parents were classical violinists who played for Sadlers Wells Ballet, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and the Hallé Orchestra.

Burstein held two scholarships at the Royal College of Music in London where he studied composition with Bernard Stevens and John Lambert. Post-graduation, he continued his composition studies with Jonathan Harvey. Between 1983 and 1991, Burstein led contemporary music ensemble the Grosvenor Group. He has since won the very active support of major mentors to him, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Arvo Pärt.

Described by The Telegraph as “an ardent new romantic post-modernist”, Burstein composes uniquely tonal music, reflecting his optimism for the future of humanity. His controversial views on modern contemporary music have earned him notoriety amongst his contemporaries, having stated previously that “tonality is the universal alphabet of music”.

Burstein’s opera Manifest Destiny premiered in 2004 in London, garnering controversy for its handling of the topic of Middle Eastern suicide bombers renouncing violence.

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The Prometheus Revolution has been inspired in part by the 2012 Occupy movement’s “99% vs the 1%” ideology, and with a focus on peace and disarmament, will commemorate the centenary year of the end of World War I.

Set in the near future, the opera opens with the UK in meltdown in the aftermath of the fascistic Prime Minister and his wife taking poison, soon replaced by another shadowy authority figure. When two trillion pounds go missing from the City of London, the army is poised to take control of the anticipated mayhem.

Presented by Fulham Opera, performances will be on the 7, 8 and 10 of August, and tickets can be purchased from the Grimeborn website. Keith has completed a commission for the London Chamber Orchestra which will be premiered in their 2019-2020 season.

(Written on June 21, 2018 )

In the week leading up to International Women’s Day the team at WildKat PR have been discussing some of the best moments, pieces, events and performances that have come from classical women. Here are 10 of our favourites – add yours to the list by tweeting us @WildKatPR!

 

Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor (Andante)

 

Marin Alsop’s speech at the Last Night of the Proms 2013

 

Nicola Benedetti inspires young musicians

Nicola Benedetti helps and inspires Scottish children to study music

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The Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa founded her foundation in 2004 to help outstanding young musicians and singers to develop their international careers

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Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel – Lied: Larghetto from Song Without Words

 

Madeleine Dring’s Business Girls from ‘Five Betjeman Songs’

 

In 2014 Judith Weir was appointed as the first female master of the Queen’s music

She succeeded Sir Peter Maxwell Davies in the role that is said to be the musical equivalent of the poet laureate

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Jacqueline du Pre set the bar for performances of Elgar’s Cello Concerto

 

Galina Ustvolskaya was composing during the Soviet Union

The Russian composer’s brutally uncompromising work has an elementality that’s both horrifying and thrilling

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The founder of ENO Lilian Baylis

Lilian Baylis established the Sadler’s Wells Opera Company in 1931 which later became the English National Opera

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(Written on March 6, 2015 )

We had a good giggle in the WildKat PR office yesterday trying to guess the top 10 most discussed UK topics, global topics and check ins on Facebook as reported by The Telegraph. However, the jovial mood was somewhat quenched when we noticed that not a single classical music venue, event or artist was mentioned. Well you know what they say, if you want something done, do it yourself. So, we have complied our own top 10 classical music lists.

Top UK Facebook Classical Music Venue Check Ins (of all time):

Royal Albert Hall

Royal Festival Hall

Royal Opera House

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Sadler’s Wells

Bridgewater Hall

The Symphony Hall Birmingham

St Martin in the Fields

Queen Elizabeth Hall

Wigmore Hall 

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The Wigmore Hall. Photo found at: The Independent 

Top 10 most popular news stories on WildKat PR of 2014 (calculated by the number of people reached)

Auction of Elizabeth Watts’ Vivine Westwood Gown which she wore to the Last Night of the BBC Proms

David Finckel and Wu Han at the Berlin Philharmonic

Vote for Bamberger Symphoniker – Bayerische Staatsphilharmonie’s New Logo

Berkeley Ensemble’s Competition Inspired by Walter Willson Cobbett

Avi Avital and Mahan Esfahani’s Concert at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Cantate World Choir Games Blog

Our Top 6 Tips for Classical Music Artist Photography

Bringing Classical Music to the General Public: How WildKat PR Got it Right

Nicola Benedetti: ‘Sex isn’t what sells Classical Music.’

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Elizabeth Watts in Vivienne Westwood. Photo found at: elizabethwattssoprano.com by Asa Westerlund

Classical Music Album Charts (iTunes)

Nicola Benedetti– A Scottish Fantasy

Martha Argerich, Orchestra Mozart– Piano Concerto no.25 in C Major, K.503 & Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 (Live from KKL, Lucerne/2013)

Milos Karadaglic-Aranjuez

Voces8-Eventide (Deluxe Version)

Maki Namekawa-Philip Glass:The Complete Piano Etudes

The Piano Guys-Wonders (Deluxe Edition)

Andre de Ridder and Africa Express-Africa Express Presents…Terry Riley’s In C Mali

Angela Hewitt-Bach: The Art of Fugue

Ludovic Morlot and Seattle Symphony Orchestra-John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

Joyce DiDonato-Stella di Napoli

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Nicola Benedetti. Photo found at: nicolabenedetti.co.uk

Why is this the case?

Classical music, in recent years, has become increasingly seen as boring, inaccessible and irrelevant despite it playing an integral part of film and video games (although not all agree on the latter. Classic FM had a debate about whether video game music should be classed as classical music). The question of why is an interesting one and I think there are a few reasons. Certainly, the rise of popular culture, jazz and technology has resulted in many  (especially) young people deeming classical music as old fashioned. Indeed, with the Baroque period being between 1600-1750, it is understandable why people may think it has no relevance to life today; we cannot interact with composers such as Bach and Mozart (not baroque!) on Twitter or hear them speak in interviews in the same way as we can with One Direction or Beyoncé. In this way, the genre is confined to history in many instances.  Moreover, many operas are in different languages, which adds another barrier to their wider enjoyment.  The concert-going experience may also be to blame. The perceived formalities of having to ‘dress up’ or the tradition of an orchestra rising to greet a conductor I think contributes to the public seeing classical music as ‘posh.’ However, I think there is hope. Those of us who love this type of music know that the themes composers were writing about are very similar to the ones relevant today: love, death, war, tragedy, big life questions, comedy, politics…the list goes on. Seeing WildKat PR’s blog in the top 10 of our most popular Facebook posts about bringing classical music to the general public shows there are some out there wanting to reverse the trend of classical music being seen as so obscure.

(Written on December 10, 2014 )

Today marks NMC‘s release of ‘Undance‘ featuring Mark-Anthony Turnage’s powerful, pulsating, syncopated work which saw a highly successful collaboration with Sadler’s Wells, Rambert contemporary dance company, Wagne McGregor, Mark Wallinger and Turnage himself. NMC is a non-profit-making record label dedicated to producing contemporary classical music focusing on innovative and challenging works.

The title work is conducted by Tim Murray who has had a long-term association with Turnage, working with him directly on Turnage’s opera Anna Nicole. Tim will be conducting Matthew Herbert’s The Crackle at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, starting this Friday, 5th April.

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(Written on March 31, 2014 )